Fanie de Villiers

Petrus Stephanus ("Fanie") de Villiers (born 13 October 1964), is a retired cricketer who played 18 Tests and 83 One Day Internationals for South Africa as a right arm fast-medium bowler and right hand batsman between 1992 and 1998.

He is currently serving as the international cricket commentator after retirement. During the 3rd test match between Australia and South Africa, he played in role in identifying the cheating proceeded by the Australian cricket team after they tampered with the ball to get reverse swing during the 4th day of the third test match: he had served as one of the commentators for the match and had suggested to the camera operators that they look out for possible cheating.[1]

Fanie de Villiers
Personal information
Full namePetrus Stephanus de Villiers
Born13 October 1964 (age 54)
Vereeniging, Transvaal Province, South Africa
Height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
BowlingRight arm fast-medium
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 256)26 December 1993 v Australia
Last Test10 March 1998 v Pakistan
ODI debut (cap 23)7 December 1992 v India
Last ODI8 November 1997 v Sri Lanka
Domestic team information
1985–1998Northern Transvaal
Career statistics
Competition Tests ODI FC LA
Matches 18 83 102 173
Runs scored 359 170 1,687 519
Batting average 18.89 8.09 17.04 9.26
100s/50s 0/2 0/0 0/4 31/43
Top score 67* 20* 68 187
Balls bowled 4,805 4,422 20,498 8,765
Wickets 85 95 427 204
Bowling average 24.27 27.74 22.37 26.82
5 wickets in innings 5 0 23 1
10 wickets in match 2 n/a 3 0
Best bowling 6/23 4/27 7/80 5/30
Catches/stumpings 11/– 15/– 53/– 24/–
Source: Cricinfo, 22 December 2008


De Villiers debuted in first-class cricket in 1985–86 for Northern Transvaal B. He opened the bowling in both innings, taking 5 for 33 in the second. He also played a season for English county team Kent in 1990.

In 1993–94, at the age of 29, he was called up for the Test tour of Australia. He was selected for the first Test in Melbourne but it was at the second Test in Sydney where De Villiers established himself at Test level. With Australia needing just 117 runs to win, De Villiers took 6 for 43, including the final wicket – a return catch from Glenn McGrath – to lead South Africa to a five run victory. De Villiers' match figures of 10 for 123 saw him named Man of the Match.

Former England captain Tony Greig had said at the start of the final innings that South Africa's chances were 100–1. At the Man of the Match presentation, De Villiers reminded him of his statement, adding, "You know South Africans; we never give up."

De Villiers showed further courage in the third Test in Adelaide when, despite not being able to bowl in Australia's second innings, he batted for 198 minutes as a nightwatchman, scoring 30 in South Africa's loss.

On this tour, De Villiers, when acting as twelfth man, would use a remote control car to send drinks to the batsmen on the field.

Against England at The Oval in 1994, De Villiers bowled a bouncer to English fast bowler Devon Malcolm hitting him on the front of the helmet and knocking him to the ground. Upon regaining his feet, Malcolm is reported to have said to the nearby South African fieldsmen, "You guys are history". Malcolm took 9 for 57 in South Africa's second innings, the sixth best bowling figures in Test history to that time, and England went on to win by 8 wickets.

1994–95 was an outstanding season for De Villiers. In five Tests, he took 36 wickets averaging 17.47. In the Test against Pakistan in Johannesburg, De Villiers became the first ever South African to score a fifty and take ten wickets in the same Test, scoring 66 not out and taking 6 for 81 and 4 for 27. He was subsequently named the South African Cricket Annual Cricketer of the Year in 1995, an award he had previously won in 1989.

A popular player, de Villiers was known by the nickname Vinnige Fanie (Fast Fanie) by his Afrikaans-speaking fans.[2]


De Villiers attended school at the Heidelberg Volkskool and matriculated in 1982. While there, he represented South African Schools as a javelin thrower.

After cricketing career

Since his retirement, De Villiers has worked as a television commentator in South Africa and also works as a corporate speaker. He was a judge in the 1995 Miss World pageant in Sun City. De Villiers has become involved in raising money for deaf charities as he has both a brother and a daughter who are deaf. He raised R800 000 cycling from Cape Town to Pretoria and R189 000 sitting at the top of a floodlight tower at a Test match in Centurion.

de Villiers role in identifying ball tampering scandal

During the 3rd Test match between South Africa and Australia in 2018 former South African cricketer, Fanie de Villiers who served as one of the commentators for the third test match helped to identify whether Australian cricketers were tampering the ball to get good reverse swing on the very early morning of Day 4 of the third test.[3][4] Fanie was able to identify the cheating by the Aussie cricketers by asking the TV camera operators to keep an eye on the Australian cricket team throughout the innings and hinted out that Australian cricketers used underhanded tactics.[5][6]

In 2003, Trevor Chesterfield published a biography of De Villiers entitled Fanie De Villiers: Portrait of a Test Bowler.[7]


  1. ^ Cherny, Daniel (2018-03-26). "Broadcaster claims he tipped off cameramen". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 27 March 2018.
  2. ^ sahoboss (2011-02-17). "Petrus (Fanie) Stephanus De Villiers". South African History Online. Retrieved 2018-01-09.
  4. ^ "Ex-South Africa captain reveals he helped snare cheating Australians". Mail Online. Retrieved 27 March 2018.
  5. ^ "How broadcaster exposed cheating scandal". Retrieved 27 March 2018.
  6. ^ "Fanie de Villiers, the man who tipped off TV crew about ball tampering - Times of India ►". The Times of India. Retrieved 27 March 2018.
  7. ^ "Goodbye, Trevor Chesterfield". Island Cricket. Retrieved 2018-01-09.

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de Villiers is a common French and Afrikaans surname. It may refer to:

AB de Villiers, a current South African international cricketer

De Villiers Graaff, a former South African politician

CJ de Villiers, a former South African cricketer

Fanie de Villiers, a former South African cricketer

Gerard de Villiers, a French writer of spy stories

Giniel de Villiers, a South African racing driver

Jean de Villiers, a current South African international rugby union player

John de Villiers (1842–1914), Cape lawyer and judge

Juan de Villiers, a former South African cricketer

Marthinus Lourens de Villiers (1885–1977), South African clergyman and composer

Nannie de Villiers, a South African tennis player

Peggy de Villiers (born 1993), a South African deaf swimmer

Peter de Villiers, a South African rugby union coach named in 2008 as the head coach of the country's national team, the Springboks

Philippe de Villiers, a French politician

Pieter de Villiers, a South African hurdler

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His under-average ability as a batsman seemed however to add to his popularity, and he was often given a big cheer when he went out to bat, more often than not at number eleven, a position for which he was often in competition with Phil Tufnell. He hit some huge sixes for both England and Derbyshire and was a particular favourite of commentator Brian Johnston.

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